WCAS Virtual Field Trip to Chagrin River Park, November 2021 hosted by Michelle Brosius, WCAS Board Member and Field Trip Co-Coordinator on Wednesday, December 8, 2021.
WCAS Virtual Field Trip to Chagrin River Park November 2021
Dates: November 1-30, 2021
Location: Lake Metroparks Chagrin River Park Map, there are three entrances:
Virtual Meetup: Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
Notes: It is the month of Thanksgiving so let’s look for Wild Turkey! We’ll also look for the White-throated Sparrow, too. Chagrin River Park is a great location for birding and features handicap parking spaces at all entrances, heated restroom facilities at the west and east entrances, and compacted gravel and asphalt trails.
Bird Walk Leader: Michelle Brosius, Director-at-Large and Field Trip Co-Coordinator, WCAS, invites birders to bird at a monthly designated field trip location and share stories to a public digital scrapbook.
The Virtual Field Trip series is an option for engaging with nature and community while adhering to social distancing guidelines necessitated by COVID-19. Participants in the program independently visit a pre-selected location throughout a given month and then report back to Michelle Brosius with bird lists, journaling, and photographs regarding the visit. These items are then compiled into a scrapbook that is shared during a virtual meetup the second Wednesday following the field trip month.
Western Cuyahoga Audubon is a chapter of the National Audubon Society based in Cuyahoga County in Northern Ohio, USA. WCAS seeks to connect and educate the public and conserve natural habitats for the sustainability of all bird species.
Member Meeting and “A Closer Look at the Peregrines of the Rocky River Reservation” Speaker Series December 7, 2021
For this program we plan to focus more specifically on this year’s nesting season at the Hilliard Road Bridge since it was productive and solid with 3 juveniles and it was the most accessible and active of the sites that we closely monitor.
The Christmas Bird Count this year, sponsored by Western Cuyahoga Audubon, will take place on Sunday, December 26, 2021. Join birders and friends in our Count Circle, called the Lakewood Circle. With COVID still in our midst, precautions take precedence, but being out birding in winter collecting data as part of National Audubon’s “citizen science” program can’t be beat.
Highlights were three Brown Creepers that were elusive. Tree Sparrows showed briefly. Two Pileated Woodpecker were active, calling and flying on several occasions. Ten Downy woodpeckers were very active. The best highlight was our resident Barred Owl, who was high in a pine tree. - Report by Bill Deininger.
Monthly Second Saturday walks are a great opportunity for birders of all skill levels to enjoy the woods and wetlands around the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Nature Center.
WCAS Virtual Field Trip To Your Favorite Cemetery, October 2021 hosted by Michelle Brosius, WCAS Board Member and Field Trip Co-Coordinator on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.
Citizen science initiatives to record bird sounds have been extremely successful, with song uploads to Xeno-Canto numbering in the hundreds of thousands and eBird numbering in the millions. Having all of this data begs the question: what do we do with all of these songs?
The inaugural breeding season for the WCAS Lewis Road Riding Ring Bluebird boxes has ended, and we are calling it a success!
Virtual Field Trip Schedule Nov-Dec-Jan 2021-2022 by Michelle Brosius, WCAS Board Member & Field Trip Co-Coordinator
Field trip participants visit a pre-selected location throughout a given month and then report back to leader Michelle Brosius with bird lists, journaling, and photographs regarding the visit. These items are then compiled into a scrapbook that is shared during a virtual meetup the second Wednesday following the field trip month.
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Virtual Field Trip Report, June – August 2021 by Michelle Brosius, WCAS Board Member & Field Trip Coordinator
The Virtual Field Trip series is an option for engaging with nature and community while adhering to social distancing guidelines necessitated by COVID-19. Participants in the program independently visit a pre-selected location throughout a given month and then report back to me with bird lists, journaling, and photographs regarding the visit. Items are compiled into a scrapbook that is shared during a virtual meetup the second Wednesday following the field trip month.
Six attendees came to the walk. It was nice to have a small group so that birds sighted could be easily pointed out. We were not disappointed with bird sightings including some surprises! Twenty-six species were sighted and/or heard as we walked from the parking area to the Scranton Flats fire station. It took 2½ hours to get that short distance!
We've selected three exciting bird-related books to read together and we hope you'll join us in quarterly discussions!
Early Evening Bird Walk, Cleveland Metroparks, Rocky River Reservation, Lagoon Picnic Area, October 20, 2021 Report
Our final early evening bird walk for 2021 was held at the Lagoon Picnic Area in the Rocky River Reservation. It was a gorgeous evening and attracted 19 participants. What was just as fun as seeing the birds was doing some astronomy as the sun set. The full moon had not risen over the valley, but Jupiter and Saturn had!
WCAS Virtual Field Trip to Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve, September 2021 hosted by Michelle Brosius, WCAS Board Member and Field Trip Coordinator on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.
Four warbler species were observed with a high count of 15 Yellow-rumped warblers. Several flocks of American Goldfinch were scattered in several locations. One highlight was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker that tried to keep out of sight. Best highlight was a Juvenile Bald Eagle that was perched in a dead tree several yards off the trail.
Summer is ending and we may see a hint of the finish of fall migration. The monthly Second Saturday walks are a great opportunity for birders of all skill levels to enjoy the woods and wetlands around the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Nature Center.
Member Meeting and Speaker Program “Trash to Treasure: Rust Belt Riders Composting Program” October 2021 Recording
WCAS Member Meeting and Speaker Series, Tuesday, October 5, 2021 hosts speaker Daniel Brown, Co-Founder, Rust Belt Riders presents, “Trash to Treasure: Rust Belt Riders Composting Program”. Programs are open to the public. Donations are appreciated.
Member Meeting and “Trash to Treasure: Rust Belt Riders Composting Program” Speaker Series October 5, 2021
What a story ... Rust Belt Riders creating wonderful soil products from composted waste from homes and businesses! This Cleveland-based company started as a humble project collecting compostable material via bicycle, but has since grown and produces tons of beautiful soil products.
Our usual route took us down to the Cuyahoga River past fields predominated by goldenrod in flower. American Goldfinch were sighted along with more starlings and pigeons. Near the river plenty of Ring-billed Gulls and a few Herring Gulls, Canada Geese, Double-crested Cormorants, Mallards, our friend “Lester” the Lesser Scaup, and Great Blue Heron.
WCAS partners with Tremont West Community Development Corporation to host a series of bird walks in Tremont, Ohio along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Register for the Saturday, September 25, 2021 walk.
Pre-purchase native plants online for your yard and garden now. Don't be fooled by a somewhat dormant appearance of native plants in the fall months! Catch a bird walk! Fall is the best time to plant so that root systems have plenty of time to get established before they're called upon in the spring to produce leaves, flowers, and fruit. Plant and coffee proceeds support local chapter conservation activities.
A little over 20 people attended the walk with Nancy Howell, Michelle Brosius, Allen Rand, and Bill Deininger leading the way. Birds eating berries were the “target species” at this site. Were some birds eating berries? Probably, but I don’t think anyone focused on that. The weather was great and birding was fairly busy with Northern Flicker, Mourning Dove, Blue Jay, American Goldfinch, Chimney Swift, and several warblers moving around before getting through the CLNP turnstile.
The Fall Gathering of the Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters (COAC) will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, 505 W Whittier St, Columbus, OH 43215.
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